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27th Nov 2020

Name Time Duration
1.01 - Filter it Out! Cleaning water with home made filters

10:40 AM

1 Hour

Our school is running out of water! So, we need to figure out how to build the best water filters we can and start making dirty water drinkable. This session walks participants through a term long investigation into filtration as a separation technique, and how it is used to clean the water that we need for drinking and hand washing. Participants will build a small model of a water filter and test it to find out exactly how clean they can get their water. A STEM Design Brief, Unit Outline and a list of resources will be given to all attendees.

Presenter: Karina Darling

Organisation: Airdale Primary School

Target Audience: Design & technology (years 6–9), Science (years 6–9)

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1.02 - Mathematics is the stem of STEM

10:40 AM

1 Hour

A hands-on workshop with four stations of problems/activities for participants to grapple with and appreciate the ubiquitous nature of mathematics and its indispensable importance in STEM studies.

Presenter: Tom Frossinakis

Organisation: MASA - Dr Neil Davis is co-presenter

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9), Mathematics (yr 10-11)

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1.03 - Climate Change for Year 10 Science

10:40 AM

1 Hour

This workshop will feature the launch of a new unit on Climate Change developed by a team of five experienced SA curriculum writers.. The unit has been designed to meet the needs of the Australian Science Curriculum and features local SA content. The workshop will also provide a brief overview of other free teaching and learning resources, developed for SACE Earth and Environmental Science (EES). Kelly Sharrad, a curriculum writer and experienced EES teacher, will co-present the workshop with Dr Cesca McInerney (University of Adelaide) who will describe opportunities for senior students to work alongside PhD candidates, in studies related to Climate Change and Sustainability. Students have opportunity to be directly involved in collecting and analysing real field data, as part of their Earth Systems Study.

Presenter: Len ALTMAN

Organisation: Geoscienc Pathways Project

Target Audience: Science (years 10–11)

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1.04 - GLOBE, NASA's citizen science program. What might it look like in your classroom?

10:40 AM

1 Hour

GLOBE The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program. An international science and education program provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. The program provides cross curricular activities and investigations about the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and soil/pedosphere, which have been developed by the scientific community and validated by teachers. During the workshop we will look at some of the activities available through GLOBE and complete the introductory GLOBE module. NOTE - Please bring a laptop or tablet to the workshop to access GLOBE through the venue wifi. For teachers attending this workshop, if at possible please register to GLOBE before the workshop. This will speed up the process on the day. https://www.globe.gov

Presenter: Bill Flynn

Organisation: CSIRO Education and Outreach

Target Audience: Design & technology (years 6–9), Ict (years 6–9), Mathematics (years 6–9), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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1.05 - Engaging students in STEM through the power of film

10:40 AM

1 Hour

Learn how to use films from the 2020 SCINEMA International Science Film Festival to engage your students in STEM, making real-world connections and teaching your students to be critical thinkers. Encourage students with a passion for STEM to communicate and share their interest by making films and discover how this can be used in the classroom.

Presenter: Jennifer Chalmers

Organisation: The Royal Institution of Australia

Target Audience: Ict (years 10–11), Ict (years 6–9), Mathematics (years 6–9), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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1.06 - Coding in Mathematics and Science

10:40 AM

1 Hour

The ability to code or program is an inestimable skill. Coding promotes logic and reasoning, critical thinking and perseverance, the ability to contextualise and de-contextualise a problem. Combine these attributes with high quality mathematics problems and scientific explorations and you have a formidable combination that engages and empowers students. 2020 may be an experience we would like to forget, but it has taught us so many valuable lessons. We all rely on STEM. Scientists are working tirelessly in search of a vaccine. Mathematicians and programmers are working together, crunching millions of numbers using computer simulations to work out the best way to deal with the virus. In this session participants will not be writing programs to determine the area of a circle given the radius; instead, participants will be given problems to explore and the structures and basis of the code need to enable such explorations. Sample solutions will be provided.

Presenter: Peter Fox

Organisation: Texas Instruments

Target Audience: Design & technology (years 10–11), Design & technology (years 6–9), Ict (years 10–11), Ict (years 6–9), Mathematics (years 6–9), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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1.07D - SA Science Year 7 to 10 scope and sequence and Year 7 science units workshop - DOUBLE SESSION

10:40 AM

2 Hours

SA Department for Education has translated the Australian Curriculum into relevant, conceptual and contextual resources. This workshop will focus on the Year 7 to 10 Science scope and sequence, Year 7 science units of work and teaching and learning resources. In this workshop we will explain how content and concepts develop, with specific references to our South Australian context, aligned to the Australian Curriculum to support teachers in their curriculum planning and programming. The science scope and sequence sets out the depth, breadth and rigor students are expected to learn in their year level. In this workshop we will delve into Year 7 science units and unpack the research used to write them.

Presenter: Katrina Elliott and Anna Palombaro

Organisation: Department for Education

Target Audience: Science (years 6–9)

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1.08D - SA science Year 7 to 10 scope and sequence and Year 9 science units workshop - DOUBLE SESSION

10:40 AM

2 Hours

SA Department for Education has translated the Australian Curriculum into relevant, conceptual and contextual resources. This workshop will focus on the Year 7 to 10 Science scope and sequence, Year 9 science units of work and teaching and learning resources. In this workshop we will explain how content and concepts develop, with specific references to our South Australian context, aligned to the Australian Curriculum to support teachers in their curriculum planning and programming. The science scope and sequence sets out the depth, breadth and rigor students are expected to learn in their year level. In this workshop we will delve into Year 9 science units and unpack the research used to write them.

Presenter: Caroline Dean

Organisation: Department for Education Curriculum Development Team

Target Audience: Science (years 6–9)

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2.01 - UniSA Connect – Mathematics enables STEM Innovation

11:45 AM

1 Hour

In a student journal , Argonaut (University of Idaho), an article was written titled Problems with math – The way math is taught makes learning boring and difficult. Some notable points are below: ‘They (teachers) will make them think that math is about finding the right answer. They will make them think that math is fast – and that they’re taking too long. They will make them think that they might just not be a math person.’ ‘The right math teacher at the right time in a student’s education will make a broken system work. They will show that math is about patterns, not answers.’ https://www.uiargonaut.com/2016/03/24/problems-with-math-the-way-math-is-taught-makes-learning-boring-and-difficult/ At UniSA Connect we want to inspire and equip students and teachers to make mathematics learning enjoyable. Please come along to gain some ideas for your classroom. This workshop will also outline programs we plan to offer students and teachers in 2021.

Presenter: Vanessa Gorman

Organisation: University of South Australia

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9), Mathematics (yr 10-11)

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2.02 - UniSA Connect - STEM Innovation Experience (STEMIE)

11:45 AM

1 Hour

The STEM Innovation Experience (STEMIE) is a competition linked to curriculum for year 10 or 11 students. They complete STEM-based tasks around a central theme at school and showcase their learning at Regional Showcases across the state in term 4. The theme for 2021 is “Flood, Fire, Famine” Winners from the Regional Showcases will compete at the STEMIE State Final, solving unseen STEM challenges against the clock in an amazing race meets escape room style competition. The program is supported by The University of South Australia with teacher and student workshops early in the program as well as resources and ongoing online support. Schools can engage a minimum of 6 students or an entire year level in the program. STEMIE is open to all schools, there is no cost to enter, but the number of schools is limited. Come along to find out more and get your school on the invite list.

Presenter: Anita Trenwith

Organisation: University of South Australia

Target Audience: Design & technology (years 10–11), STEM classes year 10 and/or 11, Science (years 10–11)

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2.03 - Finding the equation of the second wave

11:45 AM

1 Hour

In this workshop participants will see how a simulation of the spread of disease can be carried out in the classroom. Things seem to be under control… until a second wave comes through. Participants will have the opportunity to carry out some mathematical modelling using freely available technologies and methods suitable for school students. The results of the simulation will be compared with real data from Australia and around the world. The ultimate goal is to find the equation of the second wave. Ian Thomson Adelaide International School

Presenter: Ian Thomson

Organisation: Adelaide International School

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9), Mathematics (yr 10-11)

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2.04 - Effective Online Assessment with Education Perfect

11:45 AM

1 Hour

EP Science is a complete teaching, learning and assessment solution that provides unparalleled data and the opportunity for continuous feedback, buying back time for more hands-on, inquiry based experiences in the classroom. EP Assessment provides a range of assessment tools to allow teachers to perform secure assessments to enable them to power measurable learning growth. One of the key features of the Assessment platform within EP is the ability for teachers to assign ‘Targeted Remediation’, where an individualised learning pathway can be generated for each student based on their results. Through EP Studio, teachers can also build their own assessments from scratch and through the use of ‘analysis tags’ gain a deeper understanding of student outcomes and harness the power of the Targeted Remediation. In this session we will explore the power of EP Assessments and explore how you can harness these tools in your Science classroom.

Presenter: Rebecca Ramsey

Organisation: Education Perfect

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9), Mathematics (yr 10-11), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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2.05 - SHE teaches SHE

11:45 AM

1 Hour

How do teachers engage students in Science as a Human Endeavour (SHE) tasks in a biology class? What exactly does it mean and how do you keep it relevant? Dr Bianca and Dr Deborah of Sciren will be your link to real scientists, research and concepts that seem mysterious to those not from a research lab. Coming from Plant Biotechnology labs in Adelaide, Sciren will provide teachers a chance to engage with the face of science research and help build your understanding of SHE based knowledge.

Presenter: Bianca Warnock

Organisation: Sciren Pty Ltd

Target Audience: Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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2.06 - Back to the Future

11:45 AM

1 Hour

2020 is the year that no one saw coming, not even the likes of Zemeckis (BTTF) visited this unparalleled time. While students and teachers tried to maintain focus on their courses and external examinations, 18 million hectares of Australia’s east coast turned to ash and a 14 micron pathogen dramatically changed the world. As educators we become frustrated if students don’t learn from our lessons, so what have we learned and what changes will we implement based on the experiences that 2020 has delivered? In this session we will reflect on some of the predictions from the past, focus a positive lens on some of the mathematics covered in the media and the tools and environments that teachers have used to deliver content.

Presenter: Peter Fox

Organisation: Texas Instruments

Target Audience: Design & technology (years 10–11), Design & technology (years 6–9), Ict (years 10–11), Ict (years 6–9), Mathematics (years 6–9), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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3.01 - Waves analysis by converting student laptops into oscilloscopes

1:35 PM

1 Hour

I will be demonstrating how to use the free software "Soundcard oscilloscope" on student laptops to make the learning of wave concepts such as harmonics, frequency, wavelength, etc. more dynamic and interactive at minimal expense. My Stage 1 design practical using this methodology will be demonstrated and shared with participants.

Presenter: Paul Gavini

Organisation: Underdale High School

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9), Mathematics (yr 10-11), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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3.02 - Supporting STEM Learning through Literacy integration in Maths

1:35 PM

1 Hour

STEM disciplines require the interpretation of technical texts, a vast knowledge of content specific vocabulary, critical thinking, and the ability to clearly communicate these complex concepts to others. All of these core skills are developed through literacy- based explicit instruction. This workshop will focus on the literacy acceleration work undertaken at Charles Campbell College. The project aims to accelerate the development of teacher’s implementation of guidebook strategies to improve students’ literacy and utilise their learnings to accelerate other areas in 2021. Increase the number of students achieving or exceeding SEA in writing, student understanding of textual and linguistic knowledge (purpose / audience / language conventions). Improvement of literacy skills through the implementation of the writing strategies in maths.

Presenter: Daman Kour & Kristina Palmer

Organisation: Charles Campbell College & Department for Education

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9)

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3.03 - How to get Industry Experts in your classroom

1:35 PM

1 Hour

Defence Science Technology Group undertake cutting edge STEM research for both military and civilian life applications. In this workshop we take you through the work that DST undertake to assist Australia wide in various situations such as the bushfires and COVID-19 response. We talk about how you can utilise these real life examples of STEM in your classroom and how to connect our scientists and engineers with your students in a personalised manner.

Presenter: Hilary Schubert-Jones

Organisation: DST

Target Audience: Design & technology (years 10–11), Design & technology (years 6–9), Ict (years 10–11), Ict (years 6–9), Mathematics (years 6–9), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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3.04 - Understanding and communicating malaria biology to engage people in the battle against infectious diseases

1:35 PM

1 Hour

Mosquito borne malaria parasites cause repeated bouts of debilitating illness and the death of 450,000 children younger than 5 every year. Spreading resistance to our best antimalarials in South East Asia is of great concern and new ways of combating these parasites is urgently needed. Malaria parasites are fascinating microscopic organisms. They are constantly evolving, ready to cause outbreaks in new communities and are always finding ways to circumvent our best control strategies. Their amazing underlying biology is complex and a lot of research is directed at understanding this complexity so we can design better treatments. Importantly, we use art to help both scientists and the public visualise exactly what makes them tick in a simple and engaging way. This workshop will describe the burden of malaria parasites, historically and currently one of the most devastating infectious diseases globally, and provide a hands-on opportunity to model its complex biology using claymations.

Presenter: Dr Danny Wilson

Organisation: The University of Adelaide

Target Audience: Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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3.05 - The Secret Mathematics of the Real World

1:35 PM

1 Hour

More so than ever, mathematics is shaping the world around us and people with a background in maths are involved in key decisions. Despite this importance, it can be hard or even impossible for students to see any maths being used, as this is often hidden behind the scenes. In this session, I will highlight how the mathematics taught in the senior school years is being used in current university research and government decision making, with a particular focus on battling threats to our world. This will include a discussion of how these ideas can be brought into the classroom.

Presenter: Hayden Tronnolone

Organisation: Flinders University STEM Academy

Target Audience: Mathematics (yr 10-11)

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3.06 - An introduction to ANSTO's data set resources

1:35 PM

1 Hour

ANSTO is home to Australia's expertise for science at the atomic scale. ANSTO scientists have released a selection of their research data for use in the classroom. The data is sourced directly from real scientific investigations. Each data set is accompanied by a worksheet that can form the basis of a series of classroom activities. Teachers can find ANSTO's data set resources online (https://www.ansto.gov.au/education/resources/data-sets) and can email the Discovery Centre (education@ansto.gov.au) for a copy of the answers. In this workshop, we will guide you through one of our data set resources, including an outline of the worksheet and data sheet, links to the Australian Curriculum, and work through some of the graphing and problem-solving activities with you.

Presenter: Bridget Murphy

Organisation: ANSTO

Target Audience: Ict (years 10–11), Mathematics (yr 10-11), Science (years 10–11)

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3.07D - SA Water presents The Well - DOUBLE SESSION

1:35 PM

2 Hours

The Well, SA Water’s new educational program is a series of free activities and resources focussing on all things water. Students can participate in workshops and tours that explain the process of cleaning water from a variety of sources, including wastewater. Our newly developed young innovators and entrepreneurs’ program sees students developing solutions to real world issues in this problem-based learning experience. Students become water quality scientists for the day by ordering one of our water education and testing kits that give them the chance to taste a variety of waters from across the state and test some of their properties. There will be also be a chance to discuss utilising Smart Water Meters and moisture/nutrient probes at your school, allowing students to constantly monitor water usage, analyse patterns and gain an understanding of Smart Irrigation. Finally learn about how cooling open green spaces can reduce energy costs and improve the livability of the community.

Presenter: Daniel Becker

Organisation: SA Water

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9), Mathematics (yr 10-11), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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3.08D - STEM in Bushfires - DOUBLE SESSION

1:35 PM

2 Hours

Recognising where STEM subjects have contributed to solving and informing real world problems can sometimes be difficult. This is especially the case where educators may not have specific content knowledge that allows them to deconstruct a subject or concept. The inclusion of bushfires and disaster preparation in lessons can help young people feel safer and reduce their hazard related fears. It also provides an opportunity for teachers to have an impact on disaster preparedness and increased public safety in their school community. This workshop will unpack how STEM skills and understanding have come together to achieve safety outcomes and save lives by exploring an example in detail. Participants will then work together to identify where and how they could apply this knowledge in their own lessons and draft rough lesson or unit plans. This will then be followed by an opportunity to discuss and explore other examples and resources that can support Disaster Resilience Education.

Presenter: Chris Sedunary

Organisation: SA Country Fire Service

Target Audience: Anywhere where there is integration across the curriculum, Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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4.01 - Llamas, sharks & Covid 19 - what's the connection?

2:40 PM

1 Hour

Extensive research has been carried out into camelid (llamas, alpacas & the camels) and shark antibodies since the late 1980s. It has been discovered that these are effective in the fight against a number of viruses, including HIV and corona virus. Workshop participants will be introduced to the rather quirky background and invited to collaboratively plan a STEM (mainly science & maths, utilising engineering design processes) unit based on the information shared.

Presenter: Ann Ruckert

Organisation: Department for Education

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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4.02 - Integrating numeracy in science using hands on science activities

2:40 PM

1 Hour

Numeracy is an integral part of the science and math curriculum. Numeracy involves understanding how data is analysed, described, and presented in graphs, charts, and tables. There is a wide range of knowledge, skills, behaviours, and dispositions relevant to science that is enhanced through developing numeracy. The science activities created for this session uses 21st century pedagogy to show the connection between skills developed in math and their application to numerical science.

Presenter: Tanuja Sood & Ana Marques Britto

Organisation: Playford International College

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9), Mathematics (yr 10-11), Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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4.03 - The Right Temperature in a Warming World

2:40 PM

1 Hour

Animals adapt to the extreme conditions their environment throws at them. While they may not do the maths, Mathematics can be used to study their behaviours and understand why they do what they do. An investigation into why Emperor Penguins huddle can provide an insight into why humans need to behave in certain ways as temperatures soar.

Presenter: Helen Booth

Organisation: Mathematical Association of South Australia

Target Audience: Mathematics (years 6–9), Science (years 6–9)

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4.04 - SHE: The Task and Writing Questions

2:40 PM

1 Hour

An exploration of the SHE concepts as they relate to the SHE task in Science Stage I and II. The structure and execution of this task will be explored and task sheets and options will be discussed. We will then discuss how to write appropriate SHE questions for tests and examinations.

Presenter: Jason Greenslade

Organisation: Westminster School

Target Audience: Science (years 10–11)

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4.05 - Dogball – a study in bounce

2:40 PM

1 Hour

Come along and get to know Dogball – the unofficial mascot of this year’s STEM conference. He is quite the enigma, a bouncy toy exterior hides the rich yet accessible modelling task within; a delicious intersection of maths and science, a potential folio task for Unit 2 Maths Methods with low floor, high ceiling and room for unique student responses, and just a great bit of maths. This workshop will share the adventures of Dogball via a freely available video introduction. It will give you a chance to think about how a simple physical situation leads to some thought-provoking data and to think about how the functions studied in Stage 1 Mathematical Methods could be used to model such data. You will have access to the video materials, complete data set, support materials demonstrating some deft use of technology as a modelling tool, and even an assessment task sheet! This session is ‘freestanding’, but participants have the option of following it with “Dogball – in the doghouse”.

Presenter: Alastair Lupton

Organisation: Le Fevre High School

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4.06 - Energise Your Classroom

2:40 PM

1 Hour

This workshop will introduce the Energy4me program developed by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Energy4me provides accessible information on the energy industry to support inquiry based learning and a collection of lesson and activity plans for teachers. Participants will be guided through several hands-on activities to learn about some of the science behind petroleum geology and engineering, with links to relevant curriculum areas. The workshop will also discuss the low-carbon transition occurring in the energy industry.

Presenter: Phillip Lemon, James Sobey & Romi Branajaya

Organisation: Society of Petroleum Engineers

Target Audience: Science (years 10–11), Science (years 6–9)

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